In 2016, numerous rape cases came into the limelight where the accused rapists either went scot-free or were barely subjected to a punishment equal to the crime they had committed.
Interestingly, a New York Police Department precinct captain has claimed that he is not concerned by the significant rise in rapes since only a few of them are committed by strangers. According to him, rape counts as rape only when it is committed by an unknown person and those are the “troubling ones.”
“Every rape should be investigated. I wish we could do more. It really becomes a balancing act for the investigators. Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of them were actually coworkers. It's not a trend that we're too worried about because out of 13 sex attacks, only two were true stranger rapes,” said Captain Peter Rose.
"If there's a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones. That person has, like, no moral standards.”
People on social media rightly found his comments obnoxious and called them “abomination,” “shameful” and “disturbing.” Many of them even demanded that he must be fired.
Captain Peter Rose needs to be disciplined for these terrible comments that once again show police don't take rape victims' claims seriously— kennv (@kennAmerikaner) January 8, 2017
.@NYPD Captain Peter Rose should be fired. He doesn't think rape is rape, no wonder the sexual assault numbers keep rising in his precinct.— Sarah Enid (@myladydisdain) January 7, 2017
@NYCMayorsOffice a statement is not enough. Please demand the resignation of captain Peter Rose— turnonthefaucette (@faucetteison) January 7, 2017
Although NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis is trying to justify Rose’s bizarre statements, people are not taking the issue lightly.
“All complaints of rape and other types of sexual crimes are taken seriously whether they are committed by domestic partners, acquaintances or strangers,” said Davis.
A 2012 report on sexual violence claims that only 13.8 percent of rapes were committed by strangers, which according to Rose’s ideology would mean that all the other cases of sexual assault hold no importance.
It is also important to note that a large number of rapes that took place in 2016, the assaulters were often let off without the punishment they deserved. In one case in Canada, a judge asked the victim “Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?” and in another case a gang rape survivor from India was asked “Which one gave you the greatest pleasure?” by a cop.
It is about time rape was taken seriously and authorities realize that instead of shaming and blaming victims for provoking the rapist, the perpetrators should instead be punished for their wrongdoings as to set an example for others.
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